Views of Handmade in America’s WNC Craft, Architecture and Design Expo

A slides-how look at some of work on display today, June 26, at the WNC Craft, Architecture and Design Expo at the N.C. Arboretum. The event is put on by Handmade in America and ends today. The work of local crafters and artists is displayed in 11 separate vignettes, such as kitchen, bedroom, livingroom. Photos by Susan Hutchinson.

For more about the expo, see the Xpress article “Designed with love.”

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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One thought on “Views of Handmade in America’s WNC Craft, Architecture and Design Expo

  1. Curious

    I was disappointed at the small scale of this show, especially with a $15 price tag, plus an $8 parking fee. The “rooms” intended to display the crafts were tiny, there were very few of them, and most of them fairly impractical (a “butler’s pantry?” a “wine vault?”, a “library” without books?, a “studio” with a high-end desk and nothing else?). Neither the craft artists nor their work nor the idea of “incorporating craft” were shown to advantage. I’m curious as to others’ reactions.

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